Bhutan has immense and exciting natural beauty, not yet modified by modernization that ranges from the lowland sub-tropical lands, to the pastures and mountains of the high Himalayas. The countryside is dotted with secluded villages, monasteries and temples over the rugged landscape that has hardly changed over hundreds of years. Moving across Bhutan from west to east across diverse ecological zones and environments also gives the traveler the superb opportunity to see variety of flora and wildlife in its natural habitat; besides visiting some of Bhutan’s most sacred pilgrimage sites. There is also a particular focus on traditional arts and crafts in such fields as woodcarving, paper making, weaving and dying of textiles using age-old techniques and taboos.
Itinerary at a glance:-
Day 01 By KB Flight : BKK/SIN/CCU/KTM/DEL – PBH Transfer to hotel. PM visit Paro Bazar. Alt. 2200m. Day 02 PARO : After early breakfast, we take a short drive till Satsamchorten village and hike to Tiger’s nest monastery( round trip take 5-6 hrs). After lunch at the cafeteria, return to Paro and visit Kyichu temple and Paro Dzong.
Day 03 PARO – THIMPHU : AM drive to Thimphu and visit the grand Buddha statue, Memorial Chorten and Changangkha temple. After lunch, visit textile museum and free time visit handicraft shops. In the evening after office hours, visit Tashichhodzong. (day time visits allowed only during weekends and Gov. holidays). Distance – 55 kms/1 hr. drive. Alt. 2,300m.
Day 04 THIMPHU – PUNAKHA/WANGDUEPHORDANG : After breakfast, we drive to Dochula Pass(3100m) marked by more than 108 stupas. On clear days one can have spectacular views of eastern Himalayas. Descend to Punakha, Bhutan’s best agricultural regions. In the afternoon, visit Punakha Dzong that served as the capital until 1955. Distance = 70 km/3 hrs.drive. Alt.1350m. O/night stay at Zangtopleri or Dragon Nest hotel.
Day 05 PUNAKHA – TRONGSA : After breakfast, drive through distant village settlements and the rich untainted surrounding countryside to Phobjikha valley and visit Gantey Gomba, the seat of a high re-incarnate Lama Pema Lingpa. The Phobjikha valley is the winter home to the rare endangered black-necked cranes, which returns each year to escape severe winters of the Central Asiatic Plateau. After lunch at Tushita Café in Rukhubji valley, drive to Chendebji chorten and then to Trongsa. Distance = 157kms/7-8 hrs. Alt. 2200m. Yangkhil or Tashi Ninjey.
Day 06 TRONGSA – JAKAR : In the morning, visit the most impressive Trongsa Dzong, followed by visit to Ta-Dzong(watch tower) which is being converted into another National Museum. Then, we drive across a high mountain pass into the spiritual sanctuary of Bumthang valleys. Picnic lunch will be served in enroute. In the afternoon, we visit Nimlung monastery in Chume valley. Distance = 68km/ 3 hrs. drive. Alt. of Jakar = 2600m.
Day 07 JAKAR : After early breakfast, drive to Tang valley and take a short hike to Ugenchholing palace ( private). After lunch, return to Jakar and visit Jambey and Kurjey temples.
Day 08 JAKAR – MONGAR : AM drive to Ura valley and then across Thrumsingla Pass(3900 meters) to Mongar. En route one can see several waterfalls, thick forests, wild life and many species of birds especially the “Great Hornbills”. Distance = 210 kms. Alt. 1600 meters.
Day 09 MONGAR – TRASHIGANG (RADI) : In the morning we visit Mongar dzong. Thereafter, drive to Trashigang wit visit to Gom Kora temple in Trashiyantsi.
Day 10 RADI VALLEY AM drive to Radi valley and hike to Tsangkher village where women are well, known for weaving and dying of textile using ancient skills. After picnic lunch, return to Trashigang and visit Trashigang Dzong. Note: If you are staying in Ranjung monastery guest house, one can witness monks performing early morning and evening rituals and prayers.
Day 11 TRASHIGANG – SAMDRUPJONKHAR : AM drive to Samdrupjonkhar with several stops en route as one can see several villages, flora and fauna. This stretch of the journey is well known for birders. Overnight stay in mountain hotel or equivalent. Distance =187 kms/ 8-9 hrs. Alt. 350 meters.
Day 12 SAMDRUPJONKHAR – GAUHATI : AM group handover to Indian counterpart for onward journey to Gauhati Airport for departure to Delhi by Jet Airways /Indian Airlines OR continue tour of KAZIRANGA WILD LIFE SANCTUARY. The above sketch outlines are only intended to give you an idea of where we trek and camp; for detailed information, please feel free to write or visit us.
- Government Royalty of US$ 65/person/night
- Government surcharges
- Accommodation at a 3 star hotel (If you choose and 4 or 5 star hotel additional charges will apply)
- Private guided tours with experienced English speaking guides
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner at designated restaurants
- Airport transfers
- All entry fees, road permits, fuel and parking charges
- A private tour vehicle with a driver
- All taxes and government fees
- Pre-departure packing list
- Travel assistance and advice before, during and after your stay
- Travel recommendations such as shopping and dining
- Bottled water
- Air tickets to Bhutan (we can arrange to book your flights)
- Trip insurance
- Meals at 4-5 star restaurants
- Alcoholic beverages
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (This can be arranged with us)
- Luxury hotel upgrades (This can be done at an additional cost)